OTTAWA, Ont. - Second-year goaltender Riley Whitlock (Calgary, Alta.) stopped 35 shots for his first shutout of the season and rookie left wing Matthieu Methot (Ottawa, Ont.) scored twice Tuesday night in the Ottawa Gee-Gees 3-0 men's hockey shutout at Carleton.

"It's the best feeling in the world," smiled Whitlock after the game. "We needed to win that game going into the Christmas break."

The win ended a three-game overtime losing streak for the Gee-Gees, which improved to 6-4-3 in the OUA Far East and evened the all-time cross-town series record at three wins per school.

Methot scored on his first shot past Ravens rookie goaltender Alexander Archibald (Ottawa, Ont.) in the first period and padded a 1-0 lead with his team-leading 10th goal off a third period power play rebound.

"That put us ahead by a pretty good margin," said Methot. "We needed it tonight, and got it done."

Rookie left wing Sean Smyth (Clarence Creek, Ont.) scored his seventh goal in 11 games to close out the third period for the Gee-Gees, which finished with 24 shots.

Methot had high praise for Whitlock's steely effort.

"He was the sole reason why we won the game tonight," said Methot. "He made the game for us."

The second-place Ravens fell to 9-6-1 with the loss.

uOttawa captain Martin Herard (St. Ignace de Loyola, Que.) rushed to the aid of left wing Jakub Bundil (Trencin, Slovakia) late in the third period after the Gee-Gees rookie was checked from behind by Ravens second-year defenceman Robert Smith (Stittsville, Ont.), who was assessed a five-minute major.

"Anybody else would have done the same thing," said Herard. ''That's why we stick together."

The Gee-Gees are off for the Christmas break and resume play in January.

Source: Gee-Gees Athletics